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Magazine Fall 2004 

Northwestern State University of Louisiana 



Alumni choose diverse 
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Homecoming - October 15-16, 20 



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Dr. Randall J. Webb, '65, '66 

President 

Northwestern State University 



Dear Alumni: 



^^^K 0- ^^^^1 Northwestern State University has seen steady growth in recent years. As 

^^^^ j^k ^^^H your ulma mater has grown, we have not lost sight of the importance of the 
^^^^^^^^^^H individual student. Remaining a responsive, student-oriented institution is one 
^^^^|^^|_^^^| of our 

The university has made great strides in providing an outstanding 
education for its students and providing programs and services that help them work toward a college 
degree. Our goal is to continue to improve. Each day I work to make Northwestern better and challenge 
all who work here to do the same. 

We attempt to listen closely to what our students have to say. Each year, we conduct a survey to 
find out what they really think. For the past three years, our rating in the category of "This college in 
general" has gone up. but there are always areas in which we can do better. 

In addition to putting the best available faculty in the classroom. Northwestern seeks to make a 
variety of student services available. These services can make a difference in what a student thinks 
about NSU. 

The university has improved its financial aid operation over the past five years. The Office of 
Financial Aid received a Quality Assurance designation from the U.S. Department of Education. The 
designation is awarded to financial aid offices that continually meet the needs of their students. NSU is 
the only Louisiana college or university to gain this achievement. Northwestern also simplified its 
billing and fee payment system, making many services available online and eliminating long lines at fee 
payment. 

One area of longstanding concern to students and parents is our residence halls. We have done a 
great deal of work on all of our residence halls in recent years, but today's students generally prefer 
apartment-style housing. 

Recently, several firms made presentations to the university, which will include the options of 
demolishing current residence halls and constructing new student housing, renovating existing housing 
or providing management services for residence halls. I am optimistic that this process will lead to 
some exciting results. 

Construction is also progressing on the $6.9 million Wellness. Recreation and Activity Center at 
the site of the former Intramural Building. The project should be complete by early 2005. 1 can"t wait 
to dedicate that building. Our students will be amazed at the transformation of that facility. The 
Wellness Center will be one of the jewels of the campus and will help us attract students to 
Northwestern. 

I can't help but get excited each fall when the academic year begins. There is a sense of optimism 
among our students, faculty and staff. I hope you can join us for Homecoming and see for yourself the 
wonderful things going on at Northwestern. 



Dr. Chris Maggio, '85, '91 
Director Alumni and Development 



Fellow alumni and friends. 

As I start my 17th year at Northwestern (can you believe it?), enthusiasm 
and optimism abound on campus. Students have finished their summer break 
and are back in full-force. The student union is bustling, students can be seen 
participating in extracurricular activities across campus, and flyers and posters 
plastered on buildings advertising student elections and other events note their 
return. 

This positive energy and optimism generated by the students eager to start a new school year is 
contagious to faculty and staff. How can one not be excited about the activities and environment of a 
college campus? I feel very fortunate to be associated with more than 10,000 students and hundreds of 
faculty/staff members sharing the same goals and mission. 

As alumnus/alumnae of Northwestern State University, we hope you feel this same enthusiasm 
about your alma mater, and we hope that if you haven't already done so, you will get involved with 
NSU. There are several ways to become involved. 

1. Come back for Homecoming (October 16. 2004). 

2. Attend an alumni event in your city/town (We host many throughout the year). 

3. Help us start an alumni group/event in your community if we don't currently have one. 

4. Send us your e-mail so that we can send you our monthly NSU E-News (you can send your 
e-mail address to maggioc@nsula.edu). 

5. Help us locate friends and fellow alumni who might not be receiving their Alumni Columns 
Magazine (e-mail updates to maggioc@nsula.edu ). 

6. Become an alumni volunteer and represent NSU at a local college night in your community 
(again, e-mail me at maggioc@nsula.edu for information). 

7. Help us host an NSU student recruiting reception in your hometown. 

8. Give to the Annual Fund (Of course, financial support is greatly appreciated). 

9. Become active in the "For a Brighter Tomorrow" Capital Campaign (the first comprehensive 
fund raising campaign in the history of Northwestern State University). 

10. If you are doing some or all of the above, encourage others to share in your love for NSU! 

We have a GREAT university, thank you to all who are involved and we welcome all who are 
ready to fall back in love with NSU! 




Alumni Columns 

Official Publication of 

Northwestern State University 

Natchitoches, Louisiana 

Organized in 1884 

A member of CASE 

Volume XIV Number 3 Fall 2004 

The Alumni Columns (USPS 015480) is published 

4 times a year by Northwestern State University, 

Natchitoches. Louisiana, 71497-0002 

Periodicals Postage Paid at Natchitoches, La., 

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POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the 

Alumni Columns Northwestern State University, 

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Alumni Office Phone: 318-357-4414 

and 888-799-6486 

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E-mail: maggioc@nsula.edu 

NSU ALUMNI OFFICERS 

President Dr. B.L. Shaw 

Shreveport, 1955, 1960 

Vice President Jimmy Williams 

Winnfield, 1993 

Secretary-Treasurer Mike Sawrie 

Alexandria, 1972 

Executive Director Dr. Chris Maggio 

Natchitoches, 1985, 1991 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

Brandon Scott Andrews Baton Rouge, 1992 

Dane Broussard Houston.Texas, 1986 

Jerry Brungart Natchitoches, 1969, 1971 

Tommy Chester Arcadia, 1969 

Joe Cunningham, Jr. Natchitoches, 1984 

Leonard Endris Shreveport, 1974, 1975 

Adrian Howard Arlington, Texas, 1989 

Gail Jones Natchez, 1981, 1998 

Matt Koury Leesville, 1995 

Bryant Lewis Haynesville, 1958 

Carroll Long Tyler, Texas, 1970 

David Morgan Austin, Texas, 1973 

K. Michael Sawrie Alexandria, 1972 

Dr. B.L. Shaw Shreveport, 1955, 1960 

Glenn Talbert Shreveport, 1964 

Rick Walmsley Covington, 1985 

Ginger Wiggins Jackson, Miss., 1986 

J. Michael Wilburn Shreveport, 1975 

Jimmy Williams Winnfield, 1993 

STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE 

Mindy McConnell Natchitoches 

SGA President 

The Alumni Columns is published in 

spring, summer, fall and winter. 

Publisher 

Dr. Chris Maggio, 1985, 1991 

Editor 

Jennifer Wilbanks Anderson, 1997 

Contributors 

Leah Pilcher Jackson, 1994 

David West 

Doug Ireland, 1986 

Jason Pugh 

Photography 

Gary Hardamon 

Design/Layout 

Beth McPherson Mann, 1975 

NSU Press Publications Office 



Northwestern State University is accredited by the Commis- 
sion on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and 
Schools ( 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097: 
Telephone number 404-679-4501) to award Associate, Bac- 
calaureate, Master's, Specialist and Doctorate degrees. 

It is the policy of Northwestern State University of Louisi- 
ana not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, 
sex, national origin, age, or disability in its educational pro- 
grams, activities or employment practices. 



Alumni News 



Keeping the 




Demon Alumni choose diverse music industry careers 



You can find Northwestern alumni 
everywhere in the music industry. Whether 
they are rubbing elbows with famous 
musicians, making a name for themselves 
in local bands or speaking to you through 
your car radio receiver, former Demons 
know what it takes to hold a beat. 




Hardrick Rivers 



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A sax man and blues band leader. Hardrick Rivers is noted 
for his versatility. A native of Powhatan, he began playing 
music at age 13. learning what he could from the late local 
bluesman Overton Owens. After playing with Owens for 
several years, he eventually formed a band called the 
Lighthouse Crew, which he left to found the highly popular 
Rivers' Revue band. In the mid-1990s. Rivers was a key player 
in the formation of the Roque's Blues Band, a group spawned 
by Friday night jam sessions at Roque's Grocery'. Pool Hall and 
House of Blues in Natchitoches. 

Rivers earned a degree in general studies from NSU in 
2001. A non-traditional student, he enrolled at age 35. 
consistently taking six to nine hours per semester, while 
working his day job as a carpenter and playing music on the 
side. It took him 10 years to graduate. Two months after 
earning his diploma, he was paid the professional compliment 
of being inducted into the Louisiana Folk Life Center's Hall of 
Master Folk Artists for his perpetuation of the blues genre. 
While a student at NSU. he played with the Jazz En.semble for 
two semesters under Galindo Rodriguez, which he described as 
"a neat combination of musicians." 



"We played a lot of jazz and swing charts that we had to read," Rivers said. "The other music I play is a lot of basic blues 
and improvisation, so it was good for me because I needed to brush up on my reading." 



Being inducted into the Hall of Master Folk Artists during the 2001 Folk Festival "took me by surprise." he said. 

Rivers has produced several CDs. three for Overton Owens, a single of his own music and a compilation of his music entitled 
"Home Cookin'." He is in the process of putting together a blues CD now. hopefully with all original songs, he said. 

In 2003, Rivers, along with the B.B. Majors Blues Band toured Italy playing at numerous blues events. Currently, the Rivers' 
Revue Band plays every Thursday night at the Pioneer Pub, first and third Friday's at Mama's Oyster House, and the Last Friday 
Blues Jam at Roque's in Natchitoches. Rivers' Revue is slated to perform for NSU tailgaters on Oct. 16. Boogie on the Bricks 
Nov. 1 3, and during the Natchitoches Christmas Festival Dec. 4. 



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Brandi Brammer 

Brandi Brammer left the small town of 
Natchitoches to pursue life in a large city. Her 
first job out of college was at Bravo 
Entertainment in Dallas, but she soon realized 

that she would be more 
likely to realize her 
dreams in Los Angeles. 

In L.A. Brammer 
started working for 
Creative Artists 
Agency, where she 
booked West Coast 
clubs for bands such as 
Green Day and 
Hoobastank. Later she 
began working for 
casinos booking larger, 
better-known acts such 
as Patti LaBelle, Julio 
Iglesias and Kenny 
Loggins. 

Brammer, a 1998 
graduate in hospitality, 
management and tourism, currently works for the 
Academy of Country Music and just finished her 
first award show in May. She looks forward to 
life after her first experience in country music. 

"The 2004 Academy of Country Music 
Awards would definitely be the highlight thus 
far," Branuner said. "During my weeks spent in 
Vegas I Wcis in charge of a celebrity Motorcycle 
Ride that wjis led by Keith Urban and 
Montgomery Gentry. It was such a fun and 
successful event and we were able to raise money 
for our charitable foundation." 

Brammer was also in charge of all the 
backstage footage interviews in a one-on-one 
room set behind the stage where she was able to 
arrange interviews for country celebrities such as 
Clint Black, Reba Mclntyre, Uncle Cracker, and 
Gretchen Wilson. 

Brammer also volunteers for the Street Scene 
music festival in San Diego, where she helps out 
with artists' interviews and backstage meet and 
greets. 

Although she left Natchitoches emd the south 
for big city life, Brammer still looks back to life 
at NSU. 

"I hold all my college experiences close to 
my heart," she said. "I loved Natchitoches then 
and I love it now. I wouldn't have traded that 
experience for anything in the world. The friends 
I made and my experiences in that town effected 
who I am today." 



John Brennan 

John Brennem, a 1998 graduate with a 
bachelor's in music education, has been 
producing award-winning percussionists in East 
Texas since he left NSU. In the fall of 1999, he 
was hired as the percussion specialist for the 
east cluster of the Piano Independent School 
District, teaching private lessons to as many as 
70 students each week. In 2002 he joined the 
teaching staff at Piano East High School as the 
third bcind director and teaches jazz ensemble, 
two concert bands, and percussion class. 

"I am loving every minute of it," Brennan 
said. 

Brennan also worked with HQ Percussion 
in St. Louis, Missouri to develop a Real Feel 
Tenor Drum Practice Pad. This has proved to be 
very successful for students and teachers all over 
the world. 

"I built the first prototype pad myself as 
part of an experiment with my students here in 
Plemo," he said. "Once I finalized the plans, I 
contacted HQ and the rest is history." 

While at NSU, Brennan began marching 
with the percussion section of the Cavaliers 

Drum and Bugle 
Corps, which toured 
Japan in 1996. He 
became a member of 
the teaching staff. 

He also started 
Metro Alliance 
Percussion, a 
competitive indoor 
percussion group that 
travels each spring. 
The group is made of 
students aged 15-21 
from the Dallas/Fort 
Worth area. 

"While at NSU, 
I learned a lot about 
responsibility and 
self-discipline. I 
learned how to motivate myself in all aspects of 
school and life. I would pzuticularly like to thank 
Mr. Ken Green and Mr. Bill Brent for all they 
did for me while I was in school." 

For Brennan, academics and a social life 
came together in the form of a drum line. 

"We had members from all over Louisiana, 
Texas and Missouri. It was so great that we 
could all come together emd not just drum 
together, but Jilso become such great friends 
together. I felt welcomed the moment I came to 
NSU." 




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Blayne Mayard 

Blayne Mayard began performing for live 
audiences during his days at NSU, mostly playing at 
private functions. It was then that he began seriously 
writing songs. He has managed to stay with it since. 



BUYKE MAYARD 




"I really 
started 

performing back 
when I was in 
school." said 
Mayard. "You 
make your best 
friends during 
your college 
years. They are 
\ ours for the rest 
of your life. I 
played for many 
ol my Kappa 
Sigma brothers" 
weddings." 

Mayard's 
album, "Just 
Passing Thru." 
can be obtained through his Website, 
blaynemayard.com, or in music stores throughout 
Louisiana. 

"When I started this album, 1 decided to choose 
15 songs out of my archives, songs that not only 
showed my vocal skills, but also my songwriting 
ability. Each song is different to them, but they all 
have country, blues and Cajun influences." 

Mayard, whose day job is real estate agent for the 
government, also has his own publishing company. 
Callen Blayne Mayard Publishing, which distributes 
his music. 

Over the years, he has improved his songwriting 
skills by attending workshops. 

"One thing they tell you when you go to 
songwriting sessions is to create your own buzz." he 
said, "it's a feast or famine life. I have a job that 
enables me to do music. 1 am fortunate." 



Chris Evans 

Shreveport alumni can enjoy being 
entertained every morning by Chris Evans, also 
known as Evan Harley on K94.5 or the Chris 
Evans the Kissing Bandit on Kiss Country 93.5. 

Evans, a 1999 broadcast journalism graduate, 
has been working his way up to music director 
and morning deejay at the Clear Channel Radio 
stations since moving back to Louisiana from 
Dallas in 2000. 

"The best thing about working in radio is the 
freedom of it," said Evans. "I enjoy the 
entertaining aspect of it. It's a real job, but you 
spend your time talking to people and improving 
their day. You don't realize they pay that much 
attention to you, but they get upset if you are not 
there." 

Evans credits a lot of his success in the radio 
industry from the classroom, but says that most of 
what he learned at NSU was in his environment. 

"What I learned from the most was being 
around people." he said. "When you are in radio, 
a big part of being successful is going out and 
meeting your listeners. For instance, when I go 
out to people's work places as the Kissing Bandit, 

it makes them want 
to be loyal to our 
station." 

Evans also 
enjoys the chances to 
meet famous people. 
One of his favorite 
memories is 
interviewing Willie 
Nelson on his bus 
before a show. 
Meeting up and 
coming artists also highlights his radio job. 

Evans also manages the local rock band 
Ultraswade. Evans has been getting insight from 
working on the other side of the industry since 
meeting the lead singer through friends. 





Editors Note: Thank you to all who submitted information regarding alumni with careers in music. 
There are so many talented alumni; we could not possibly include everyone in the story. 

Attention all members of the Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band 



The NSU Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band 
Alumni Association wants to hear from you! If 
you were In the NSU band or dance line, you 
need to be involved with the NSU Spirit of 
Northwestern Marching Band Alumni Association. 

Ever wonder where your old buddies are? Well, they 
are wondering the same thing about you. Join the 
alumni association and keep track of what is going on 
with the best band in the South. Participate in reunions 



and parties and most Importantly, keep a strong 
voice for the band program In the future. 

You are the assets that will keep your band program 
going strong forever. Strong band programs today 
need strong alumni for tomorrow. 

Please visit our website at www.nsula.edu/ 
demonband/alumnl.asp to register your e-mail 
and contact information so that we can contact 
you with alumni updates. 



w.northwesternalumni.com 



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Homecoming Activities 



Alumni and friends will have 
plenty to do during Homecoming 
Week at Northwestern. 

Events will begin Thursday, Oct. 14 
with a reception for NSU retirees from 3-4 
p.m. in the Family and Consumer Science 
Building. The event, open to all NSU 
retirees, will be held in the upstairs dining 
room. 

Activities for Friday, Oct. 15 

The Alumni Association Board Meeting 
will begin at 10 a.m. in Room 221 of the 
Student Union. This annual Board of 
Directors meeting is open to the public. 
During the meeting, the board will hear an 
update on the university from NSU 
President Dr. Randall J. Webb, and review 
Association policies and procedures. 

The annual Homecoming Golf 

Tournament will be held at the NSU 
Recreation Complex's 18-hole golf course. 
Guests are invited to participate in the 
annual gold scramble for $50 per player, 
which includes golf cart and lunch by Coach 
Gene Knecht. Tee time will be at 1 p.m., 
following a noon lunch. Reservations can 
be made by calling the Rec Complex at 
(3 1 8) 357-3207 or e-mailing Hall Adams at 
adamsh@nsula.edu. 

According to Adams, Assistant Director 
of the NSU Rec Complex, the four-man 
scramble usually draws 17 or 18 teams, most 
of whom are NSU Alumni. 

"We have a group from Leesville that 
are here every year," Adams said. Some 
come to play golf, others to socialize. "A lot 
come out just to eat and don't play in the 
tournament," Adams said. 

The NSU Foundation Board meeting 
will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the Cane River 
Room at the Student Union. The meeting is 
open to the public. 

The annual campus/town Homecoming 
Parade for both the Natchitoches and 
Northwestern communities will begin 
approximately 5 p.m. at Prather Coliseum. 
The parade will proceed along South 
Jefferson and Jefferson Streets, turning onto 
Rue Beauport to end in front of the Fleur de 
Lis stage on the riverbank in downtown 
Natchitoches. A pep rally on the riverbank 
will follow. 

The parade draws the school and 
community together by introducing citizens 
to the Homecoming Court, student athletes 
and spirit groups. 



"It's community-building because it 
gets everyone involved in homecoming," 
said Terria Ebarb Alexander, Assistant 
Director of Student Activities and 
Organizations. "Alumni see students get 
excited and it helps rekindle their school 
spirit. The students see the alumni and their 
dedication." 

An invitation-only reception honoring 
the Alumni Board, the Foundation Board, 
Distinguished Faculty recipients. Long 
Purple Line recipients and the President's 
Distinguished Service Award recipient will 
be held from 5:45-6:45 p.m. at the 
President's Home. 

The Homecoming Banquet will be held 
to honor Long Purple Line recipients, the 
President's Distinguished Service Award 
recipient. Distinguished Faculty Award 
recipients and N-Club inductees. The 
banquet will begin at 7 p.m. in the Student 
Union Ballroom. Tickets are $15 per person 
and can be purchased at the Alumni Center 
or by calling (318) 357-4414 or (888) 799- 
6486. A social hour prior to the banquet will 
be held from 6:30 p.m. -7 p.m. in the lobby 
of the Student Union. 

The Kappa Sigma Fraternity Reunion, 
for those who pledged Theta Mu Chapter 
from Fall 1 980- Fall 1987 will begin Friday. 

"This is the first time that cluster of 
classes is coming back as one," Kappa 
Sigma Alumnus Steve Horton said. He is 
expecting about 250 brothers to attend. 
"Having the opportunity to bring these guys 
back as a group to represent that generation 
is going to create an environment that's 
going to encourage this group to continue to 
come back." 

Horton expects many to be surprised by 
how much the campus has changed, and 
how much it has stayed the same. 

For more information, call Horton at 
(318) 352-7492 or 1-800-256-8025 ore-mail 
hortons@nsula.edu. Events are scheduled 
for Friday and Saturday evenings. 

Activities for Saturday, Oct. 16 

The Catholic Student Organization will 
host Alumni Weekend activities beginning 
with a program to honor Alumni of the Year, 
Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Lynch, and Laypersons 
of the Year, Joan and Buddy Gahagan. The 
program will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday in the 
Holy Cross Church Hall and is open to the 
public. 

During the program, the late Liz Carroll 
will be posthumously recognized. Carroll 



was Assistant Director of Student Activities 
from 1987 until her death from cancer in 
1999. 

"Liz was dearly loved by the students," 
said Don Barker, chair of the pastoral 
council for Holy Cross Church. "She was a 
great contributor to student life and an active 
member of Holy Cross." 

An Alumni Mass will begin at 1 1 a.m. 
Sunday, Oct. 17, for all NSU alumni who 
attended Holy Cross as students. 

A College of Education Reunion will 
begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Teachers Education 
Building. All graduates of the College of 
Education are invited to attend a breakfast 
that will honor the inductees of the College's 
Hall of Distinguished Educators. For more 
information, call (318) 357-4414 or (888) 
799-6486. 

The University Bookstore will be open 
from 10 a.m. -4 p.m. where students, alumni 
and friends can pick up NSU memorabilia. 
The bookstore is located in the Student 
Union. 

The N-Club Hall of Fame Induction 
Ceremony will begin at 1 1 a.m. on the East 
Concourse of Prather Coliseum. The N-Club 
recognizes individuals who have 
distinguished themselves in the field of 
intercollegiate athletics at NSU either by 
virtue of their performance on athletic teams 
representing the university or by meritorious 
efforts on behalf of the athletic programs at 
the university. For more information, 
contact Gil Gilson at (318) 677-3141 ore- 
mail Gilson@nsula.edu. 

The Columns Society Induction 
Ceremony will take place from 1-2 p.m. in 
the President's Room of the Student Union. 
The Columns Society will host the charter 
member induction ceremony and luncheon 
to recognize and honor special supporters 
who made a planned gift to NSU. 

According to Assistant Director of 
Institutional Advancement Sharon Sampite. 
supporters will receive a certificate from Dr. 
Webb during program. Coffee and desserts 
will be served. 

"This is our way of recognizing 
individuals who supported NSU through 
financial contributions," Sampite said. 

For more information on The Columns 
Society, call Sharon Sampite at (318) 357- 
4245. 

Alumni Tailgating will be from 1-3:30 
p.m. at Tailgating Field. The Alumni 
Association will serve plate lunches for $5 



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per person. All NSU Alumni are invited to 
visit the tent for a bite to eat and visit with 
college friends before the game. 

Tailgating activities will be from 1-3:30 
p.m. in Tailgating Field next to Turpin 
Stadium. Several campus groups, including 
Greek organizations. N-Club and College of 
Education, will be tailgating prior to the 
football game. 

A 1954 Football Team Reunion will be 
held to honor teammates on their Golden 
Anniversary. Events will be held in the 
Stroud Room of the Athletic Fieldhouse 
beginning at 2 p.m. 

Pregame activities will begin at 3:30 
p.m. in Turpin Stadium. Guests are invited 
to enjoy the pre-game show performed by 
the Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band 
and other game day activities. The 
Homecoming game versus McNeese State 
will begin at 4 p.m. Half-time ceremonies 
will begin at approximately 5:30 p.m. 

Several receptions will begin 
immediately following the Homecoming 
game at approximately 7 p.m. These include 
the Band Alumni Party, to be held in the 
Alumni Center; the invitation-only post- 
game reception for the Homecoming Court 
in the Stroud Room of the Athletic 
Fieldhouse, and the N-Club Barbecue at the 
Shriner's Club. For more information about 
the N-Club Barbecue call Gil Gilson at (318) 
677-314! ore-mail Gilson@nsula.edu. 

Join other Demon fans for a post-game 
celebration in downtown Natchitoches by 
attending Boogie on the Bricks, a free street 
dance/concert featuring Johnny Earthquake 
and the Moondogs. Boogie on the Bricks 
will take place from 7-10 p.m. on Front 
Street. 

A Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity reunion will 
be held, beginning with a breakfast and open 
house on Saturday. Oct. 16. The group will 
tailgate together before the Homecoming 
game and attend a dinner after the game. 

Reunion organizer Wes Breeden 
expects 35-50 brothers to attend. The 
fraternity, which closed its chapter doors at 
NSU about 1981. was rechartered in 2000. 
Breeden said he expects alumni from 30 
years ago to gather with recent graduates to 
swap stories about fraternity days. For more 
information, contact Breeden at 
wesbreeden @ aol .com 



Homecomin; 


g at a Glance 


Thursday, October 14 


supporters who made a planned gift to NSU. 




For more infomiation on "The Columns 


NSU Retirees Reception 


Society ", please call Sharon Sampite at (318) 


3-4 p.m. - Family & Consumer Science 


357-4245. 


Building (Up Stairs Dining Room) Reception for 




all Northwestern Retirees. 


Alumni Tailgating 




1 :00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Tailgating Field 


Friday, October 15 


The Alumni Association will be serving plate 




lunches for S5 per person. All NSU Alumni are 


Alumni Association Board Meeting 


invited to come by the tent and grab something 


10:00 a.m. Room 221 , Student Union. Annual 


to eat before the game. It will be a great time 


Board of Directors meeting open to the public. 


to visit with friends you haven't seen in a while. 


Homecoming Golf Tournament 


Tailgating Activities 


1 :00 p.m. — NSU Recreation Complex 


1 :00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Tailgating Field 


Come participate in the annual golf scramble on 


adjacent to Turpin Stadium. Various groups, 


the 1 8-hole golf course for $50 per player 


including the Greek organizations, N-Club and 


(includes golf cart and lunch by Coach Gene 


College of Education will be tailgating prior to 


Knecht). Tee time is at 1 :00 p.m. and lunch will 


the football game. 


be served at 12:00 p.m. Reservations can be 




made by calling Hall Adams at the NSU 


1954 Football Team Reunion Reception 


Recreation Complex at 31 8-357-3207 or e-mail 


2:00 p.m. - Stroud Room, Athletic Fieldhouse 


atadamsh@nsula.edu. 


For more information, please call the NSU 




Athletic Office at (31 8) 357-5251 or e-mail at 


NSU Foundation Board Meeting 


buri<eg@ nsula.edu. 


1 :30 p.m. Cane River Room, Student Union. 




Open to the public. 


Pregame Activities 




3:30 p.m. - Turpin Stadium 


Homecoming Parade 


Enjoy the pre-game show by the Spirit of 


5:00 p.m. (approx.) - Campus/Town Annual 


Northwestern Marching Band and other game 


Homecoming Parade for both the Northwestern 


day activities. 


and Natchitoches communities. Begins at 




Prather Coliseum and ends at the Downtown 


Homecoming Game vs. McNeese State 


Riverbank. Pep rally on the Riverbank will 


4:00 p.m. - Turpin Stadium 


follow parade. 






Halftime Ceremonies 


Reception 


5:30 p.m. (approx.) -Turpin Stadium 


5:45 p.m.-6:45 p.m. - President's Home. 




By Invitation Only. Honoring Alumni Board, 


Band Alumni Party 


Foundation Board, Distinguished Faculty 


7:00 p.m. (approx.) -Alumni Center 


Recipients, Long Purple Line Recipients, 




President's Distinguished Service Award 


Postgame Reception for 


Recipient 


Homecoming Court 




7:00 p.m. (approx.) - Steve and Lori Stroud 


Homecoming Banquet 


Hospitality Room, -Athletic Fieldhouse (by 


7:00 p.m. - Student Union Ballroom 


invitation only) 


Annual banquet honoring Long Purple Line 




Recipients, the President's Distinguished 


N-Club Barbeque 


Service Award Recipient, Distinguished Faculty 


7:00 p.m. (approx.) - Shriners' Club 


Award Recipients and N-Club Inductees. 


For more information, please call Gil Gilson at 


Tickets are SI 5 per person and can be 


(31 8) 677-31 41 or e-mail at Gilson® nsula.edu. 


purchased at the Alumni Center or by calling 




357-441 4 or 888-799-6486. Social prior to the 


'Boogie on the Bricks " 


banquet will be held from 6:30-7:00 p.m. in the 


7:00 p.m. (approx.) - Front Street 


lobby of the Student Union. 


Join Demon fans in the Historic District for live 




music, food and drinks as Natchitoches puts 


Saturday, October 16 


on its best for the Demons! Enjoy the sounds 




of Johnny Earthquake and the Moondogs. 


College of Education Reunion 




9:30 a.m. - Teachers Education Building 


Other Homecoming Activities 


All graduates of the College of Education are 




invited to attend a breakfast that will honor the 


Kappa Sigma Fraternity Reunion 


inductees of the College s Hall of Distinguished 


Theta Mu Chapter 


Educators. For more information, call (318) 


Reunion of Pledge Classes Fall 1 980 through 


357-4414 or 888-799-6486. 


Fall 1987. Events scheduled for Friday evening 




and Saturday. - For more information, please 


University Bookstore Open 


call Steve Horton at (318) 352-7492 or 1-800- 


10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Student Union 


256-8025 or e-mail at hortons@nsula.edu. 


Go by the bookstore and buy all of your NSU 




memorabilia! 


Pi Kappa Phi Alumni Reunion 




Events scheduled for Friday evening and 


N-Club Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 


Saturday. - For more information, please call 


1 1 :00 a.m. - East Concourse Prather Coliseum 


Wes Breeden at (303) 842-71 29 or e-mail at 


For more information, please call Gil Gilson at 


wesbreeden@aol.com. 


(318) 677-3141 or e-mail at Gilson@nsula.edu. 






Catholic Student Organization Reunion 


'The Columns Society " Induction Ceremony 


9:00 a.m. - Holy Cross Church 


1 :00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. - President's Room, 


For more infomiation, please call Don Barker 


Student Union. -The "Columns Society" will 


at357-5901ore-mailatbarker@nsula.edu. 


host the charter member induction ceremony 


You can also call the Holy Cross Church Office 


and luncheon to recognize and honor special 


at (31 8) 352-261 5. 



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SAN DIEGO - Northwestern State's 
top baseball expoit could only offer a 
light chuckle when the reporter asked the 
question. 

"Did you know you're the main 
reason for about 90 percent of DirecTV 
sales in Natchitoches?" 

Brian Lawrence, staying true to his 
humble roots, smiled and laughed at the 
notion that he, a former All-Southland 
Conference pitcher while with the 
Demons, could be the center of one 
town's attention. 

But that is who Lawrence, now in 
his fourth season with the San Diego 
Padres, is - a genuine, affable person 
who hasn't forgotten his baseball roots 
while finding a home some 2,000 miles 
from Natchitoches. 

"This (San Diego) is feeling like 
home," Lawrence said. "I stayed out here 
in the offseason and got to work out (at 
Petco Park) before it opened and got 
really familiar with it." 

And though he now lives in Poway, 
a San Diego suburb, Lawrence has 
maintained his humility. 

Many national baseball experts 
regarded him as a candidate for the All- 
Star Game earlier in the season but 
Lawrence declined to think of himself as 
one, despite ranking among major league 
leaders in pitching wins. 

"I think it's hard for anyone to think 
of me for the All-Star Game," he said in 
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His manager doesn't think it would 
have been that hard for anyone to 
believe. 

"He's a professional," Bruce Bochy 
said. "He came out of spring training and 
was talked about as much as anyone as 
far as concerns. He shut down those 
concerns pretty quickly and he's a guy 
who 1 definitely think will get some 
consideration for the All-Star team. 

"He didn't change anything, even 
though his velocity was down. He went 
about his business and pitched some 
games without his best stuff and won and 
that's a sign of maturity." 

Lawrence also got a taste of 
contentment along non-baseball lines on 
Nov. 15. 2003, when he married his wife, 
Maripat. 

Lawrence's personality and work 
ethic have earned him the affection of 
San Diego fans. 

A group of 

season-ticket holders 
in the left-field seats 



"He 's not flashy but he 
is very, very solid, very 
determined and very 
deserving of being in 
the big leagues. " 



-Coach John Cohen 



at brand-new Petco 
Park recently 
commented on how 
much fun they have 
watching Lawrence 
pitch and how 
likeable a person he 
seemed to be. 

They, along with 

his teammates, 

quickly picked up 

Lawrence's nickname of "B-Law." And 
the arm of the law has given 
Natchitoches residents plenty of reason 
to turn on 100.7 FM in Natchitoches on 
mornings after he pitches. 

With Lawrence pitching in San 
Diego, the outcome of most of his starts, 
especially those at home, comes long 
after much of the Central Time Zone has 
called it a night. The radio station, 
however, gives its listeners a chance to 
catch up on how the hometown boy did 
the night before. The Lawrence updates 
come after each of his starts. 

And, thanks in large part to 
Lawrence and his team-best 10 wins at 
the All-Star break, San Diego is flirting 
with a playoff berth for the first time 
since the Padres advanced to the World 
Series in 1998, which means the morning 
hosts on 100.7 FM in Natchitoches could 
be talking baseball into October this 
season. 



That possibility is not lost on 
Lawrence, who, despite playing for 
struggling teams throughout his career 
has reached double-figure wins in each 
of his first three full seasons with the 
team. He has been the Padres' starter on 
Opening Day in each of the last two 
years. In his last win before the All-Star 
Game, he outdueled Astros' great Roger 
Clemons and beat Houston 2-0. 

"We've picked up some pieces, 
personnel-wise, that we really needed to 
be competitive," Lawrence said. "An 
everyday catcher (Ramon Hernandez) to 
get acquainted with the pitchers. We 
picked yp Brian Giles late last year, and 
we've got some pitchers who are doing 
well that have been here a few years. 
Everything has fallen into place." 

The pieces certainly fell into place 
while Lawrence pitched for the Demons 
in 1997 and 1998. He was 
a two-year first-team All- 
Southland Conference 
pitcher as NSU won a pair 
of SLC baseball 
championships, first under 
coach Dave Van Horn and 
then under coach John 
Cohen. 

Lawrence achieved at 
a high level despite 
working with two pitching 
coaches in two seasons at 

Northwestern. The same 

"professional" approach 
referenced by Bochy today with the 
Padres is something NSU teammates and 
coaches saw in Lawrence during his days 
in purple and white. 

"He was a coach's dream," said 
Cohen. "He was going out there and 
carving up the other team's hitters. He 
had such great location and movement 
on the ball and he knew how to pitch. 
Meanwhile he took care of his business, 
was the ideal teammate, and wasn't the 
kind of guy you had to ever wonder what 
he might be doing. 

"Brian has a great work ethic and a 
great approach to the game," said Cohen. 
"When you see one of your former 
players reach the big leagues, it makes 
you proud, but when it's somebody like 
Brian, you're proud times ten because the 
way he plays reflects the person he is. 
He's not flashy but he is very, very solid, 
very determined and very deserving of 
being in the big leagues." 



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Creech scholarship 
established 



With their educational 

foundation developed at what 

was then Northwestern State 

College in the early 1950's, Harry 

and Clarice Creech spent nearly 20 

years in locations ranging from Maine 

to Georgia to Viet Nam. 




Pictured left to right: Dr. Cliris Maggio, Clarice and Harry Creech, and Greg Burke. 



The couple returned to Louisiana for good in 1970 when 
Harry retired from the service and they recentiy acknowledged 
the value of their education by establishing the "Harry and 
Clarice Creech Athletic Scholarship" through the NSU Athletic 
Association. 

"Having a college degree automatically made me a 
candidate for Officer's School," said Harry, who received his 
undergraduate degree from Normal in December of 1950. He 
played middle linebacker on the football team and catcher for 
the baseball squad. 

"NSU gave me the chance to earn that degree and what I 
learned both in the classroom and on the football field 
benefited me immeasurably." 

Clarice Oliver met Harry when she started classes at 
Normal in January of 1951 and roomed with his sister. They 
were married in 1953. 

"I knew his family before I really knew him. We began 
seeing each other when he would return home on leave from 
the service," said Clarice. 

Harry, a retired Major in the U.S. Air Force, taught ROTC 
at Parkway High School in Bo.ssier City and also served as a 
pilot for Shrevep>ort-based McElroy Metal. Clarice taught 
.school as well. 

"We owe so much to NSU. Harry lost his father at age two 
and when he attended NSU, several coaches - Turpin, Ledet, 
Brown - all influenced him in such a positive way. We also 
understand how important scholarships can be to young people 
today, especially because the cost of education has risen 
considerably, and want our scholarship to help the NSU athletic 
program continue to be successful," added Clarice. 

The Creeches, now both retired, live in Bossier City but 
still are avid fans at NSU athletic events. 



The NSU Athletic Department will begin an annual 
tradition of hosting former athlete reunions, with special 
recognition for the anniversaries of championship seasons, 
this Fall. Former athletes will receive detailed information about 
the respective reunions in advance of the event. 

Football - September 25 - Appalachian State - 20th anniversary 

of 1984 Gulf Star Championship 
1954 Team Reunion - October 1 6 - Homecoming 
Volleyball - September 24-25 - NichoUs State/Southeastern 
Women's Soccer - October 1&3 - McNeese/Stephen F. Austin 
Cross Country - October 22 - NSU Tri-Meet 
Men'sAVomen's Basketball - February 12 - Louisiana at Monroe 

Women's Tennis - February 26 - 10th anniversary of 1994 Southland Conference Championship 
Softball - April 2-3 - Texas State-San Marcos 
Baseball - April 8-9-10 - McNeese State - 10th anniversary of 1995 Southland Conference 

Championship 
TBA - Outdoor Track - 20th anniversary of the 1985 Gulf Star Championship 




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was a family affair for Kyle; Kevin ('85): 
Kaila and Stacey ('84) Maddox Johnson. 




Other players included James Haley 
('59). Philip Haley ('62), Larry Skinner 
('67)andBillCallens('67). 



Buddy Bonnette 
Memorial Day 
Golf Scramble 



Many golfers competed in the 
Buddy Bonnette Memorial Day 
X Golf Scramble, which 
■ contributes to a scholarship. 
Players included Dr. Bob Pender 
('55), Dr. Len Ponder ('59), 
«?^ I Dwayne Murphy ('56) and Dan 
« Poole ('52). 



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Mary Ellen Cook, Amanda Cason ('03), Rebecca Cason 
(student) and Karen Bretthauer met with alumni from NSU 
and other Louisiana Schools at the Washington D.C. 
Louisiana Collegiate Coalition Crawfish Boil. 



Billie Roy Cook ('60) and his wife Mary Ellen enjoyed crawfish 
at the Washington D.C. Louisiana Collegiate Coalition 
Crawfish Boil. 



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Cory Wilson (01 ) Lindsey Wright 
Wilson ('01) and Melissa Laney ('02) 
enjoyed meeting with other Baton 
Rouge alumni at the reception held in 
conjunction with Lx>uisiana High School 
Coaches Association Conference. 




Jason St. Germain (02), Melodi 
Crowson ('98) and Ryan Roberson ('99) 
attended the annual alumni reception in 
Baton Rouge. 



Rob ('97 & '99) and Amy Choate ('02) 
Dill attended the reception for Houston 
Area alumni. 




Dr. Webb and his executive assistant 
Robert Crew had dinner with many 
Houston Alumni. 



Donna Rush Acosta ('90) and her 
husband Kendall Acosta ('88) visited 
with Dr. Chris Maggio (center) at the 
annual Houston alumni gathering. 




Many Texan alumni gathered at the Purple Pride Tour stop in Longview. 



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-r^Long , 

Purple 

HI Eine 



Six new members have been 
added to Northwestern State 
University's Hall of Distinction, 
the Long Purple Line. The 2004 
inductees are: Joseph Dow of 
Pasadena, Texas; Gayle Hatch and 
Lela Mae Wilkes of Baton Rouge; 
Val Marmillion of Washington, 
D.C.; Dr. Michael Miller of 
Dunwoody, Ga. and Gregory 
O'Quin of Alexandria. Seventy- 
one individuals have been inducted 
into the Long Purple Line. 

This year's group of inductees 
will be honored at Homecoming 
activities Oct. 15-16. 

More information on the 
newest members of the Long 
Purple Line will be included in the 
Winter edition of the Alumni 
Columns. 



NSU Foundation creates The Columns Society 



Kir 

The y 

Columns 

Society 



Alumni, parents and friends of 
Northwestern State University have 
an easy way to make a long lasting 
gift to help the university continue to excel. 

The NSU Foundation has created 
The Columns Society to honor and recognize 
special supporters who make a planned gift to 
Northwestern. 

Membership is given to those who 
make or have made a planned gift of $ 10,000 or more for future support 
of NSU. 

The charter members of The Columns Society will be honored in 
ceremonies during Homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 16 at 1 :00 p.m. in the 
President's Room of the Friedman Student Union. 

"The Columns Society is a way to emphasize the importance of 
planned giving to Northwestern," said Sharon Sampite, assistant director 
of the NSU Foundation, 'it also allows us to thank and recognize alumni 
and friends who create legacy gifts and lasting memorials." 

There are many ways to leave a legacy to Northwestern, according 
to Sampite. One way is through a charitable bequest. This can be done 
easily by including or adding additional wording to your will or trust. 

Other methods include a charitable remainder trust, a gift of life 
insurance, a gift of remainder interest in a home or land or a gift through 
a retirement plan designation. This would include a traditional IRA, 
401(k) or 403(b) plan. 

"There are many advantages to planned giving," said Sampite. 

"There can be significant capital gains, income and tax savings. In 
addition, the donor can have the satisfaction of knowing they have 
created a legacy of helping Northwestern prosper." 

Planned gifts can be used to create a named endowed or fully 
endowed scholarship, an endowed professorship or endowed chair. They 
can also be used to meet the greater needs of the university. A preferred 
academic college, school or department can be assisted as well as other 
areas of the university. 

The NSU Foundation will have an estate planning seminar this fall 
to provide more information and answer questions. 

For more information about a planned gift or membership in The 
Columns Society, contact the NSU Foundation at (318) 357-4414 or 
(888) 799-6486. 



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Later this year, you will find 
1975 Northwestern graduate 
Randy Rumbelow in the 2005 
Guinness Book of World 
Records. Rumbelow will be 
listed under the category of 
"Keyboard Playing Marathon- 
Individual," for playing the 
piano for 53 hours continuously 
at the Williams Boulevard 
Baptist Church in Kenner in 
August 2003. Shown is 
Rumbelow playing at a New 
Orleans Zephyrs baseball game. 



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Students take on challenge from 
manufacturing plant 

Something that started as a challenge for a pair of 
Northwestern State University students should end up 
saving time and money for a Natchitoches 
manufacturing plant. 

James Smith of Metairie and Nick Hammonds of 
Goldonna have been working at the Natchitoches plant of 
Trus Joist, a Weyerhaeuser business, to develop a computer 
program for loading flatcars used in shipping. The company 
ships engineered lumber of various sizes and weights to 
customers and wanted to maximize what is loaded on each 
flatcar. A national consulting firm had been unsuccessful in 
solving the problem. 

"We have used pencil and paper to maximize what is put 
on the car," said Jack Pitcher, shipping manager at the Trus 
Joist Natchitoches plant. "Sometimes an order would be 
entered that would be too much or not enough material and 
different combinations would not work. We asked the 
students to figure out a program that could digest the 
information and tell us how to put the different size bundles 
on the railcar." 

According to Pitcher, the program could reduce the time 
spent in calculating a load by half. 

"This has been a positive working relationship between 
Northwe.stem and Trus Joist," said Mike Wolff, manager of 
Trus Joist's Natchitoches plant. "1 have been involved in 
economic development and look at where universities can 
piggyback on what private industry is doing. Economic 
development is one of those areas." 

Last fall. Dr. Jack Russell, coordinator of Northwestem's 
computer information systems program, mentioned the 
project to Smith as a possible internship. Smith soon asked 
Hammonds to help him. In designing the program. Smith 
worked on system design and logic while Hammonds 
prepared the application. 

"It's like having some blocks of different sizes and 
trying to fit as many as you can in a shoebox," said Smith, a 
computer information systems major in the Louisiana 
Scholars' College at NSU. "I evaluated the project and knew I 
needed help. Our skills complimented each other." 

Smith and Hammonds are two of Northwestem's top 
computer information systems students, winning first place in 
systems design and analysis at the Association of Information 
Technology Professionals national collegiate competition last 
spring. This was the fourth year in a row NSU students have 
won a national title in systems design and analysis. 

"Being able to do this project showed that we can 
compete and be successful in the real world," said 
Hammonds, who graduated in May. "We learn in a very 
competitive environment. We compete against other schools 
and each other. That competitive mode pushes us to learn 
more and gave us confidence that we could do this." 

Wolff said the work done by Smith and Hammonds is a 
good reflection on NSU's College of Business. 

"It's a good program that recruits good students," said 
Wolff. "They have a good current focus." 

Initially Smith had to learn if anyone else had designed a 
program for this task. Once he learned that no one had. Smith 



had to see if a prototype could work. He began by spreading 
out a set of LEGOS on a table and stacking them. Smith and 
Hammonds then started to design their program. 

"It was one step forward and two steps back," said Smith. 
"Humans do certain things intuitively, but machines have to be 
told everything." 

Smith said they were assisted by Dr. Jack Russell, with 
business faculty Dr. William Lomerson and Barbara Russell 
along with Dr. Margaret Cochran, director of the Louisiana 
Scholars' College, who teaches a class in linear analysis. 

Once Smith and Hammonds completed the program, they 
give it to Pitcher, who evaluates the program to determine if it 
can perform the task it was designed for. 

"He (Pitcher) tries to find a better way to do something or 
look for broken logic." said Smith. "Through this process, we 
have gotten better at looking for flaws and fixing them." 

Once the final version of the program has been 
implemented, it could be used at other company facilities or 
throughout the facilities. In addition to the cost savings for Trus 
Joist, the program could help the company better satisfy its 
customers. 

"This could also save time for our staff in customer service 
and our customers, which could help us with customer 
retention." said Pitcher. 

The work done by Smith and Hammonds has led to a full- 
time job at Trus Joist for Smith, who plans to graduate in 
December. Hammonds is working for Trus Joist part-time. 



Dr. John Merrill will reunite with 
former journalism students. 

A reunion of former Northwestern journalism 
students from the John Merrill era is scheduled for 
October 5. Dr. Merrill, who was a member of the NSU 
faculty from 1951-1962. will be here to .share his 
memories, insight, wit. wisdom and awful puns, so his 
former students will not want to mi.ss it. 

"My 1 1 years at NSC (then so-called) was a critical 
time in my career and. in spite of .some disappointments 
there, they are mainly positive ones. I had a great bunch 
of journalism students coming through during those 
years and I remember every one," .said Merrill. "This 
reunion means a lot to me; I look forward to seeing these 
students again and hearing about their lives." 

Since leaving NSU, Merrill has taught at four or five 
universities, several of them abroad, including American 
University in Cairo, Egypt. He has written 
approximately 33 books and has lectured in more than 
70 countries. 

Reunion plans include Dr. Merrill and some former 
students speaking to some classes on Oct. 5. A luncheon 
is planned for Dr. Merrill, journalism alumni and some 
journalism dignitaries from the area on Oct. 5 and a 
dinner that night just for Dr. Merrill and his former 
students. 

For more information, contact Dr. Steve Horton at 
hortons@nsula.edu. 



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Shaw scholarship endowed 

A scholarship endowment estabhshed by Dr. B.L. "Buddy" Shaw of 
Shreveport to honor his daughter, Stephanie Shaw, will benefit a person enrolled 
in the College of Education at Northwestern State University. The scholarship 
will be awarded annually to a student from Caddo or Bienville Parish. 

"This occasion has 
been brought about by 
the generosity of Dr. 
Buddy Shaw and his 
family," NSU President 
Dr. Randall J. Webb said 
during a luncheon held 
to honor the Shaws. 
"What Buddy has done 
in providing this 
scholarship to honor 
Stephanie is to put 
Northwestern in a better position to be competitive. It puts us in the position 
to, year after year, demonstrate progress." 

"Stephanie has been such a special person to me." Dr. Shaw said. "And 
I wished to honor her in a way that would help people." The scholarship is 
also named for Miss Shaw's stepbrother, the late Edward Neff Minor, who 
attended Northwestern. 

"This has been an outstanding honor for me today," Miss Shaw said. 
Outlining her own criteria for the scholarship, she said she hopes the 
recipient will be active, punctual and have a positive attitude. 

Dr. Shaw graduated from NSU in 1955 and 1960. He was a state 
representative for District 6. Before serving in the Legislature, he was 
supervisor of Caddo Parish Public Schools and is a past principal of C.E. 
Byrd High School. He is president of the Northwestern State University 
Alumni Association. 



Pictured I to r: Dr. and Mrs. Randy Webb, Stephanie Shaw, 
Dr. Buddy Shaw, and Dr. Chris IVIaggio 



NSU Alumni will be able to join the WRAC 




The Wellness, Recreation and Activity Center at 
Northwestern will open in early spring. Memberships will 
be available to NSU graduates. 

Look for more information in the Winter Alumni Columns! 



Four NSU alumni 
inducted into the 
Nightingale Hall of Fame 

Four Northwestern alumni were recently 
inducted into the Louisiana Nightingale Hall 
of Fame by the Louisiana Nursing 
Foundation. Those honored were Patsy Bourgeois 
and Maxine Johnson of Shreveport, Dr. Alex Ferry 
of Alexandria and Sue Holland Pyles of Quitman. 

Inductees into the Hall of Fame must be 
registered nurses who demonstrate leadership that 
has affected the health and/or social history of the 
state of Louisiana. Those inducted must have made a 
lifelong contribution to nursing practice, education, 
administration, research economics or literature. 

Bourgeois, a professor of nursing at Louisiana 
Tech, received her master's degree from 
Northwestern. She has served as president, vice 
president and board member of the Louisiana State 
Nurses Association. Bourgeois was instrumental in 
passing a new Nurse Practice Act for the state of 
Louisiana. She also serves on the Louisiana Health 
Care Commission, the Committee on Health Care 
Reform, the Louisiana Stroke Task Force and the 
Louisiana State Board of Nursing. 

Ferry earned his bachelor's degree at 
Northwestern and later earned two master's degrees 
and a doctorate. He served 12 years on the Louisiana 
State Board of Nursing, serving as president six 
times and vice president o;i two occasions. He has 
served as president of the Louisiana State Nurses 
Association and on several committees of the 
American Nurses Association. Ferry held the rank of 
colonel in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps, serving in 
administration, education and practice positions. He 
is semi-retired. 

Johnson received her bachelor's degree at 
Northwestern and has been with NSU's College of 
Nursing for 33 years. She is associate director for 
grants, planning and development and has obtained 
more than $10 million in external funding for the 
College of Nursing. Johnson has been a member of 
the board of the Louisiana State Nurses Association, 
serving as health policy chair. She has also served on 
the Louisiana State Board of Nursing, helping pass 
the Nurse Practice Act. Johnson earned the rank of 
colonel in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps, U.S. Army 
Reserve. 

Pyles received both her bachelor's and master's 
degree at Northwestern. She received a teaching 
certificate and implemented a practical nursing 
program at Jonesboro-Hodge High School that was 
in operation for nine years. Pyles was on the faculty 
at Louisiana Tech for 14 years, holding the St. 
Francis Medical Center Endowed Professorship for 
her final four years of teaching. She is a charter 
member of the American Nurses Association 
Century Club and has been active in the Louisiana 
State Nurses Association. Pyles suffered a severe 
stroke, but recovered and speaks to groups regularly 
on stroke survival, recovery and rehabilitation. 



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Updates 



1933 

Thelma W. Stapler is a 
retired teacher and 
lives in Suffolk, Va. 

1939 

Janice Caldwell 
Sanders is a retired 
teacherand lives in 
Richardson, Texas. 

1941 

Melva Mayson Maxey 
is a retired teacher and 
lives in Lake Charles. 

Mary Allen Caraway 
Warrick lives in New 
Orleans. 

1944 

Dorothy D. DeLoache 
Barnard is retired and 
lives in Shreveport. 



1948 

Ouida Mae Edwards 
Dulany is retired, 
married and lives in 
Belton, Texas 

1949 

H. Keith Presson is a 
retired senior vice 
president and trust 
officer at Texas 
American Bank and 
Washington State 
Bank. He lives in 
Granbury, Texas. 

1953 

Virginia Ann Metcalf 
retired from the United 
States Army as a chief 
physical therapist from 
the Office of the 
Surgeon General and 
lives in Wisconsin, Wis. 



1954 

Martha Louise Wright 
Jones is a retired 
teacherand lives in 
Gulfport, Miss. 

LouisF.HyamsJr. is 
retired and now 
working as ranger 
master at the 
Natchitoches shooting 
range, gunsmith, and 
chief instructor. He is 
NRA and state 
certified. He is married 
to Arnetta Lucille 
McPhearson Hyams 
('63) and lives in 
Natchitoches. 

John T Batten Jr. is a 
self-employed cotton 
plantation farmer. 

Kathleen Prudhomme 
Batten is a retired 
teacher, married to 
John T Batten ('54) 
and lives in Bermuda. 



1955 

Maribel S. Stewart is 
retired and lives in 
Sulphur. 

1957 

SamuelJ.Calliaisa 
CRNA at Willis 
Knighton Medical 
Center, married and 
lives in Shreveport. 

1960 

Bob Johnson is retired, 
married to Nancy 
Johnson (75) and lives 
in Shreveport. 

1961 

Norman Tyler is retired, 
married and lives in 
Springhill. 

1966 

Carol Rigdon Allison is 
a vision specialist, 
project coordinator for 
the Alabama Deaf 
Blind Project at the 



University of Alabama 
at Bimiingham School 
of Education, married 
and lives in 
Bimiingham. 

1967 

Gene Russell Rowzee 

is retired, married and 

lives in Suisun City, 

Calif. 

Sandra Robertson 
Cannon is a librarian at 
Paradise Elementary 
School, married and 
lives in Ball. 

1968 

Robert Kimball Smith is 
a quality assurance 
manager for Louisiana 
Pigment Company and 
lives in Lake Charles. 

1969 

Richard W. Averitt is 
the director of 
education programs for 



the Louisiana State 
Military Department, 
married and lives in 
Can/ille. 

1970 

Scott West is an 
application analyst for 
Halliburton Energy 
Services and lives in 
Coppell, Texas. 

1972 

Anne C.Landry is the 
director and owner of 
Ascension Prep 
School, married and 
lives in Prairieville. 

Vivian O.Johnson is a 
counselor for Alief ISO 
and lives in Houston. 

1973 

Fred R. Parker is a 
professor of education 
at Henderson State 
University, married to 
Sandra Bethany Parker 



Melanie Gimbert McCain 

Northwestern alumna Melanie 
Gimbert McCain's distinguished 
career as an educator began 
right on campus as a preschooler and has 
brought her full circle, as she assumes 
duties as principal of NSU Elementary 
Lab School this fall. 

"I was literally raised on that 
campus," McCain, a life-long resident of 
Natchitoches, said. McCain's mother. 
Opal Gimbert, was head nurse at the 
campus infirmary from 1954-1970. "My 
first school experience was with the 
Child Development Center. I started 
school at 2-1/2 in that building under Dr. 
Marie Dunn." 

McCain earned a B.S. in elementary 
education at NSU in 1974 and taught 
fourth grade at Weaver Elementary in 
Natchitoches while working on her 
M.Ed, in special education with 
emphasis in gifted education, which she 
received in 1978. She worked for two 
years piloting gifted programs for third 
and fourth graders parish-wide, and from 
1 980 to 1 995 worked with the gifted 
program at NSU Elementary Lab. 




In 1995, 
McCain became 
elementary 
supervisor at the 
Natchitoches 
Parish School 
Board. She went 
to work in 1999 
for the Louisiana 
Department of 

Education as a Distinguished Educator, 
working in Rapides and Orleans parishes 
for two years each. In 2003, she was 
named Title 1 supervisor for 
Natchitoches Parish Schools and in June 
of this year assumed the role of principal 
at NSU Elementary Lab. 

"I had wonderful professors at 
Northwestern," McCain said. "Dr. 
Eleanor Worrell was an excellent 
educator. Dr. Mildred Bailey, Dr. Bob 
Lumpkins.... I was very well prepared." 

McCain was selected in 1998 for the 
Fulbright Memorial Fund Program in 
which 600 of 2,000 applicants nation- 
wide were awarded scholarships for a 
three-week home study in Japan. When 
she was chosen as a Distinguished 



Educator, she was one of only 1 3 
educators chosen from 150 applicants 
and the only one chosen from the Cenla 
area. 

McCain's family has been closely 
connected to NSU. In addition to her 
mother's service at the infirmary, her 
sister Liz Carroll was a friendly and 
familiar face in the NSU Student 
Activities office, where she was assistant 
director from 1987-99. The Liz Carroll 
People's Choice Award is given during 
the Lady of the Bracelet pageant in her 
honor. 

McCain's husband, Steve, attended 
NSU and was a member of Kappa Alpha 
and her son, Stevie, is an alumnus of 
Kappa Sigma. McCain's daughter, 
Susan McCain Godfrey, earned a degree 
in family and consumer sciences at NSU 
where she was a member of Phi Mu, and 
now is a teacher at Many High. The 
McCains have one grandchild. Madeline 
Godfrey. 

"All of my education has come 
from NSU," McCain said. "I feel like 
my education at NSU has held up, not 
only across the state, but across the 
nation." 



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John A. Manno Jr. 

When he came to Northwestern 
State University after 
graduating from Jesuit High 
School in Shreveport in 1975, John A. 
Manno Jr. found himself in a freshman 
English class bigger than his high school 
graduating class. 

"I'm an only child and a product of 
private education," Manno said. "One of 
the most important things I learned at 
Northwestern was how to work with 
other people and being involved and 
getting other people involved." 

When he graduated in 1978. Manno 
was among the last students to earn an 
associate degree in printing technology 
before the program discontinued. He also 
earned an associate degree in business 
administration. 



Having 
grown up in the 
printing 

business, Manno 
said at times he 
knew more than 
hisNSU 
instructors. One 
fond memory of 
NSU was being 
asked to student 
teach Printing 

101 instead of doing class work 
was a unique opportunity," he said. 

On campus, he was a member of 
Kappa Sigma and lettered for being a 
student trainer for the football team, 
earning him a spot in the N Club. He 
was listed in Who's Who in American 
Colleges and Universities. 




'That 



Manno joined his father in the 
family printing business, and today is co- 
owner and vice president of Southland 
Printing in Shreveport. He holds many 
professional organization memberships 
and has been active in the Krewe of 
Gemini, Volunteers of America, the 
Strand Theatre Board, the American Red 
Cross, his church and many charitable 
and business organizations. 

His service to NSU has continued 
through his affiliation with the NSU 
Alumni Association, the NSU President's 
Council, the NSU Athletic Association 
and the NSU Foundation Board. 

Married to the former Carol Lynne 
Averre, who also attended NSU, the 
couple have two children, John Anthony 
"Jay" Manno III, an incoming NSU 
freshman this fall, and Bianca Marie 
"Mary" Manno, 16. 



('66) and lives in Hot 
Springs, Ark. 

Katherine Ann Miller 
Fine is a special 
education instructional 
assistant at Prescott 
High School, married 
and lives in Prescott, 
Ariz. 

1974 

Dr. Jack Damico is 
employed by ULL and 
holds one of six 
Eminent Scholar 
Chairs, conducts 
research, teaches 
graduate students, 
consults and serves as 
a keynote speaker. He 
is married and lives in 
Lafayette. 

Benjamin E. Carter is 
the president and CEO 
of Greater Augusta 
Regional Chamber of 
Commerce, married to 
Gwyn Carter ('73) and 
lives in Stuart Draft, Va. 

1975 

George Morris Antony 

is a collection officer for 

Alexandria USDA 

Federal Credit Union, 

married and lives in 

Pineville. 



Kenneth Dan Driskill is 
a jail warden for the 
Bienville Parish Sheriff 
Department and lives 
in Arcadia. 

1976 

Barbara Gayle 
Hubbard McGill is the 
compliance directorfor 
the Louisiana State 
Board of Nursing and 
lives in Metairie. 

1980 

Donna Myers Gibbs is 
the assistant director of 
field activities at 
Principia, married and 
lives in St. Louis, Mo. 

James Ferdinand 
Bowie is employed by 
the United State Army 
and married. 

Betty S. Henry is a 
radiographer III at Ben 
Taub Hospital and lives 
in Bellaire, Texas. 

1981 

EdwardT.Milliganisa 
Lieutenant Colonel in 
the United States Army 
and married. 

1985 

Lesa deNeel Bolton 
Miller is a teacher for 
Vernon Parish School 



Board, married and 
lives in Slagle. 

Mike H.Packard is the 
band director at Valley 
View High School, 
married and lives in 
Jonesboro,Ark. 

Debra E. Moreau 
Cheatwoodisa 
nuclear medicine 
technologist at 
Natchitoches Parish 
Hospital, married and 
lives in Natchitoches. 

1986 

Valerie Rose Palmere 
Scott is a nurse 
practitioner at Dr. 
Robert Goodman's 
Arthritis and 
Rheumatology Clinic, 
married and lives in 
Bossier City. 

1988 

Debbie Lynn Cable 
Brown is a physical 
education teacher for 
Killeen ISD, married 
and lives in Harker 
Heights, Texas. 

1990 

Gregory M. McClain is 
special agent for the 
U.S. Customs Service, 
married and lives in 
Fort Mill, S.C. 



RitaArleneHongo 
Marzett is employed by 
the Rapides Parish 
School Board as a third 
grade teacher, married 
and lives in Pineville. 

1991 

David Antilley is 
director of NSU22, 
media director at FBC, 
BCM Faculty Advisor, 
on location engineer 
and statistician for 
Demon Sports Network 
during football season. 
He lives in 
Natchtioches. 

1992 

Lesh Brown is a senior 

account executive for 

Arena Solutions and 

lives in Santa Cruz, 

Calif. 

Monica B. Tudorache 
is a self-employed 
senior consultant, 
married and lives in 
Weston, Fla. 

David Patrick "Pat" Hall 
is a corporate manager 
- patient management 
applications for Tenet 
Health System and 
lives in Dallas, Texas. 

Rene Gerald Labonte 
is a registered nurse at 



South Florida 
Bioresearch Center 
and lives in Fort Myers, 
Fla. 

Linda Davis Crochet is 
the privacy and fair 
information practices 
specialist for Acxiorh 
Corporation, married 
and lives in Little Rock, 
Ark. 

Denice Williams 
Mitchell is employed by 
the Department of 
Homeland Security as 
a supervisory center 
adjudications officer, 
married and lives in 
Dallas. 

1993 

CraigAhernTappelisa 
senior vice president 
for Hibernia Insurance, 
married to JosieB. 
VenableTappel('94) 
and lives in Mandeville. 

Kevin David Fayard is 
a loss control vehicle 
repair and 

maintenance specialist 
for Enterprise Rent-A- 
Car, married and lives 
in River Ridge. 

Holly Christine 
GauthierThibodeaux is 
employed by Our Lady 



of Lourdes Regional 
Medical Center as a 
clinical marketing 
manager, married and 
lives in Carencro. 

Natalie Neugent is an 
elementary music 
specialist at West Hurst 
Elementary and lives in 
Hurst, Texas. 

1994 

Josie Bernadette 

VenableTappelisa 

homemaker, married to 

Craig Ahem Tappel 

('93) and lives in 

Mandeville. 

Billy Stone is employed 
by UTMB-Correctional 
Managed Care as a 
staff psychotherapist in 
the TDCJ Hobby Unit 
and lives in Hewitt, 
Texas. 

Anna M. Sepulvado 
Fletcher is homemaker, 
married and lives in 
Shreveport. 

Dr. Deborah Sue 
Flournoyisan 
associate professor in 
the college of nursing 
at NSU and lives in 
New Boston, Texas. 



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Laurie Coco Moreau is 
a controller and bank 
officer at American 
Gateway Bank, 
married and lives in 
Port Allen. 

1996 

Cassondra Dawn 
Savoy Guilbeau is 
public relations 
manager for Delta 
Downs Racetrack and 
Casino, married and 
lives in Lake Charles. 

Matthew Tracy 
Whitehead is employed 
at Matthew! 
Whitehead, DDS and 
Louis J. Joseph, DDS 
as a general dentist 
and lives in 
Woodworth. 

Kevin Jones is an 
applications engineer 
for Creston Electronics, 
manied and lives in 
Lewisville, Texas. 

Chastity Lea Walker 
Oliver is a public health 
nurse at Jackson 
Parish Health Unit, 
married and lives in 
Quitman. 

Shelly Rae Murphy is a 
flight attendant for 
Southwest Airiines and 
lives in Gonzales. 

Richard Seigler Sahadi 
is employed by 
Prestonwood Baptist 
Church as the 
Macintosh systems 
administrator, manied 
to Jennifer Fox Sahadi 
('97) and lives in 
Dallas. 

1997 

Denise Webster Ellison 
is a teacher for the 
department of defense 
dependent schools. 

Lisa Ann McCarty 
Pugsleyisastaff4 
registered nurse in the 
cardiac intensive care 
unit at Children's 
Healthcare of Atlanta, 
manied and lives in 
Duluth.Ga. 



Jennifer Lynn Fox 
Sahadiis a registered 
nurse at Medical City 
Dallas Hospital 
National Fertility 
Center, married to 
Richard Seigler Sahadi 
('96) and lives in 
Dallas. 

1998 

Linda Weatherford 
Howard is a 
kindergarten teacher at 
North Natchitoches 
Elementary, married 
and lives in 
Natchitoches. 

Synthia Michelle Doaks 
is a mutual fund trader 
for Robert W.Baird& 
Co., Inc. and lives in 
Milwaukee, Wis. 

Eddie Horton is a 
networi( administrator 
for Caddo Parish 
Juvenile Court and 
lives in Shreveport. 

Gina Elizabeth Mahl is 
a registered nurse at 
Tulane Hospital and 
lives in Metairie. 

Cichele Sutton Fields 
is the ESOL teacher 
and color guard 
instructor at Apopka 
High School in North 
Oriando, married and 
lives in Maitland, Fla. 

Anne Labbe is a HR 
representative for 
Lyondell Chemical 
Company and lives in 
League City, Texas. 

Marci Bamett Smith 
King is a team leader 
of the dialysis unit at 
ChristusShumpert 
Medical Center, 
married and lives in 
Bossier City. 

Tammy Joan "JT' 
Marsh is an athletic 
trainer at Jamestown 
Regional Medical 
Center and lives in 
Clari(range,Tenn. 



1999 

Misti Chelette Adams is 
the director of student 
financial aid and 
scholarships, married 
to Hall Adams ('97) and 
lives in Natchitoches. 

Christy Elston 
Thompson is employed 
by DeKalb Medical 
Center as a registered 
nurse in the neonatal 
intensive care unit in 
Atlanta, Ga., married to 
Eric Thompson ('96) 
and lives in Loganville, 
Ga. 

Brad S. Poston is a VIP 
executive host at 
Harrah's Louisiana 
Downs, married to 
Michelle Belanger 
Poston ('00) and lives 
in Bossier City. 

Kammese Janet Moore 
Shelton is a record 
analyst coordinator for 
NSU, married and lives 
in Natchitoches. 

2000 

Dana Anne Duhon 
Andrus is a speech 
language pathologist 
for Vennillion Parish 
School System, 
manied to Kevin 
Andrus ('00) and lives 
in Lafayette. 

Terrick Harrell is 
employed by the 
United States 
Department of 
Agriculture as a 
computer assistant, 
man'iedtoShawntell 
Lewis Harrell ('00) and 
lives in Alexandria. 

Carin Elizabeth Link 
Wilson is an English 
and drama teacher at 
New Iberia Senior High 
School, manied to 
Anthony Wilson ('00) 
and lives in Abbeville. 

Branden Johnson is a 
crisis screener at 
Sabine Valley Center, 
manied and lives in 
Longview, Texas. 



Michelle Katherine 
Belanger Poston is the 
VIP coordinator at 
Harrah's Louisiana 
Downs, married to 
Brad S. Poston ('99) 
and lives in Bossier 
City. 

Anthony Wilson is a 
teacher and baseball 
coach at Erath High 
School, married to 
Carin Elizabeth Link 
Wilson ('00) and lives 
inAbk)eville. 

Veronica Lee Davis 
Reyes is a 

kindergarten teacher at 
North Polk Elementary, 
married and lives in 
Elmer. 

2001 

Holly Elizabeth Horn 

Broussard is a closing 

officer for Andrus & 

Andrus Law Firm, 

married and lives in 

Lafayette. 

Christy Evelyn Shelder 
McLemore is an office 
manager for RE/MAX 
Dream Team, married 
and lives in Wayland, 
Mich. 

Lindsey Wright Wilson 
is a hair stylist at I 
Catchers Hair and 
Body Spa, married and 
lives in Baton Rouge. 

Chrissie Landry 
Hen^ra is attending 
UNOforPh.D.in 
political science, 
married and lives in 
New Orleans. 

Virginia Louise Dixon 
Moncreet is a loan 
officer for Novastar 
Home Mortgage, 
mamed and lives in 
New Roads. 

Lyndsey L Courtney 
Chandler is a 
phannaceutical sales 
representative for 
Wamer-Chilcot Lab, 
manied and lives in 
Bossier City. 



2002 

KrissyLynn 
McDurmond is a 
medicare case 
manager at D'Ville 
House, married and 
lives in Piaquemine. 

Crystal Robbins is 
employed at 
Horseshoe Casino 
Hotel and lives in 
Shreveport 

Erica Marie Borel Kiely 
is a certified veterinary 
technician at Animal 
Medical Center in 
Rogers, Ark., married 
to Joseph Anthony 
Kiely ('02) and lives in 
Pea Ridge, Ark. 

Melissa McMillin Leong 
is an office manager for 
Shafer Associates 
Architects, married and 
lives in Starkville, Miss. 

Erin Carrigee Nolan is 
an event coordinator at 
Pat O'Briens in New 
Orieans, married and 
lives in Gretna. 

Shelly Tyson is an 
account executive for 
Konica Minolta and 
lives in Tampa, Fla. 

Kristy McDaniel Ratliff 
is an aerobics 
instructor for Willis 
Knighton Health 
System, married to 
Carlo Ratliff and lives 
in Shreveport. 

Jerrod Cane Guin is an 
industrial engineer for 
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 
married to Mary 
Francis Guin ('01) and 
lives in Richland, 
Wash. 

Rachael Kristen Kidd is 
the director of public 
relations and marketing 
for the Shreveport 
Symphony Orchestra. 
She lives in 
Shreveport 

Jessica Jane Stokes 
McClelland is a site 



coordinator at NSU, 
married to Thomas 
McClelland ('04) and 
lives in Natchitoches. 

2003 

Zach David Sanches is 
an insurance agent for 
Association Member 
Benefits Advisors 
(AMBA) and lives in 
Kingwood, Texas. 

Jennifer Bryant is a 
dispatcher for the city 
ofLeesvilleandlivesin 
New Llano. 



James Losness 

'24 Jeroline Perry 
Bumgardner, 
Ringgold, 
May 22, 2004 

'42 AllieM.Neely 
Valentine, 
Nacogdoches, 
Texas, 
May 7, 2004 

'46 Dr. Jewell 
Watson, 
Monroe, 
July 17, 2004 

'46 Minnie Marie 
Durr Williams, 
October, 2003 

'28 Lucille Tinker 
Carnahan, former 
NSU faculty 
member of library 
science passed 
away on June 29, 
2004. Carnahan, 
who retired from 
NSU in 1965, 
started the first 
statewide 
organization for 
library science. 
Carnahan is 
remembered for her 
support of local 
cultural events and 
instilling a love for 
reading in 

Natchitoches Parish 
residents. She was 
also a fan of 
Demon athletics 
who rarely missed 
basketball games. 



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Class Notes/Profiles 



ix)OKING BAcK 




1984 Football Team 

After winning their last three games, two over nationally-ranked foes, to close 
the 1983 football season, prospects were encouraging for the 1984 Northwestern 
State Demons in their second season under head coach Sam Goodwin. 

Even a pair of opening losses, each by a field goal, didn't deter the Demons, 
who won seven of their next eight games and shared the championship of the Gulf 
Star Conference in that league's first year of existence. The conference co- 
championship wasn't the most memorable achievement of the 1984 Demons, 
however. 

Neither would be the fact that NSU (7-4) led Division I-AA in scoring defense, 
allowing just nine points per game, although that attribute played a pivotal role in 
the '84 team's most amazing feat. 

On Nov. 3, the Demons stunned a homecoming crowd of 24,682 at the 
University of Southern Mississippi by recording a dominating 22-0 win over a 
Golden Eagles team that a year earlier played in the Independence Bowl and a few 
weeks before had beaten Ole Miss. Northwestern allowed only nine first downs and 
128 total yards while forcing USM to punt 10 times. 

Center Rickey Ainsworth was voted permanent team captain by his teammates, 
receiving the Joe Delaney Leadership Award. Linebacker Corris Boyd was given the 
Lester Latino Memorial Award for unselfish team play. 

Two Demons, offensive tackle James Boyd and future NFL star Robert Moore, 
were voted to the Academic All-District VI football team for Division I players in 
Texas, New Mexico. Arkansas. Louisiana. Mississippi and Oklahoma. Another 
future pro star, running back John Stephens, was named the Gulf Star Conference 
newcomer of the year. Goodwin won GSC coach of the year accolades. 

Defensive tackle Arthur "Tank" Berry piled up postseason honors: GSC Male 
Athlete of the Year, GSC Football MVP, All-Louisiana first team, and first-team 
Associated Press I-AA All-America awards. Berry was voted the Demons' 
Defensive MVP while quarterback Wayne Van won the Offensive MVP award and 
receiver Mark Johnson took the Academic Award. 

The 1984 Demons included six players who went on to play in the NFL: 
Stephens, the 1988 AFC Rookie of the Year; Moore, a starting safety for Atlanta; 
linebacker Larry Robinson (Dolphins); receiver Odessa Turner (Giants, 49ers); 
defensive end James Hall (Chiefs) and defensive tackle Willie Fears (Bengals). 

"We had some talent." said Goodwin, "but most of all, we had more heart." 

The department of athlefics will host an all football reunion with special 
recognition of the 1984 football team on September 25. For more information, 
e-mail Athletic Director. Greg Burke at burkeg@nsula.edu or call 318-357-5251. 




GUESS 
WHO? 



Can you guess the name of this 1984 football 
player? If so, please contact the Office of Alumni 
Affairs at (318) 357-4414 or (888) 799-6486. The 
first five people to call with the correct answers 
will win a prize! 



Congratulation to these winners 
who correctly guessed that 
Byron McCain was the BSU 
president pictured in the 
Summer Alumni Columns. 

Mrs.RaeCreed~1954 
Houston 

Ms. Clydie Mae Beecham Prlce- 

-1953 

Colorado Springs, CO 

Ms. Barbara Burns-1954 
Dallas 

Mrs. Peggy Howard-1968 
DeRidder 



Ms. Adrlenne Rabom-1956 
Atlanta, LA 

Ms.MaryGrice-1956 
Lake Charles, LA 

Ms. Glenda Coburn— 1960 
Leesvilie 

Ms. Marriette Dyson— 1954 
Lake Charles 

Mr. Marc Lebato-2001 
Leesvilie 

Ms. Thelma Childs— 1953 
Tyler, TX 



Mrs. Shelia Bond— 1990 
DeRidder, LA 

Ms. Virginia Crossno— 1957 
Natchitoches 

Ms. Erika Russell— 1999 
DeRidder 

Mr. Tynes Hildebrand— 1954 
Natchitoches 

Ms. Cindy Randies— 1955 
Alexandria 



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